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Weekly Report - 25 June 2020 (WR-20-25)

Guyana’s electoral debacle deepens

Guyana remains mired in an electoral quagmire. It is unclear how it will be extricated because neither the ruling A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change (Apnu-AFC) nor the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will concede defeat. When the chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom), Claudette Singh, instructed the Chief Election Officer, Keith Lowenfield, to declare the results last week it appeared that the long saga might be coming to an end, and that nearly four months on from the country’s general elections, the Guyanese public might finally find out which party will form the next government. Not so. A subsequent legal challenge elicited a ruling by the Court of Appeal, which was open to interpretation and, to the consternation of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and wider international community, Lowenfield issued a report revising the results of the recount.

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